Graham Croker

Sydney University had to beat the rain to beat Campbelltown-Camden to gain first innings points in their Round One clash at Raby No.1 Oval, which finished on Saturday.

Having dismissed the hosts for 117 on day one, when Josh Toyer (4-32), Kevin Desai (2-16) and Mail (2-21) shared the spoils, the Students were 5-116 in reply at stumps.

They resumed on Saturday and pushed the score along to 5-170 before declaring, hoping to grab outright points before inclement weather closed in. But Campbelltown-Camden were 0-18 when the heavens intervened and Sydney University had to be content with six competition points.

First Grade also collected the points in the first of the limited overs games for the 2010-11 season with an emphatic 121-run win over Mosman at Allan Border Oval.

Sydney University’s prolific opener Greg Mail began the new season in sparkling form, with a knock of 138 as the University racked up 6-299 off their 50 overs after they had won the toss and batted.

Mark Cameron and Stuart Clark then reminded state and national selectors of their prowess, ripping through Mosman for 178 off 38.2 overs. Cameron finished with 5-18 off 8.1 overs and Clark 2-18 as the Students collected seven valuable points.

And with Second Grade collecting first innings points in their two-day match against Campbelltown-Camden, SUCC has taken an early lead in the Club Championship.

Second Grade declared at 6-434 before dismissing Campbelltown-Camden for 190 at Sydney University No.2 Oval. The win was highlighted by wonderful knocks from opener Matthew Gregory, who hit three sixes and 23 boundaries in his 150, and 100 not out from Matthew Morgan, who found the boundary 11 times.

The Third, Fourth and Fifth grade matches were abandoned due to rain on the second day.


Sydney Grade competition – Round 1 (Two-day matches)

First Grade: Sydney University 5(dec)-170 (David Miller 55 not out, Kevin Desai 28 not out, Greg Mail 27, Mark Faraday 20; Nathan Brain 3-38) d Campbelltown-Camden 117 (James Phathanak 46, Russell Gascoigne 23; Josh Toyer 4-32, Kevin Desai 2-16, Greg Mail 2-21) and 0-18 on the first innings at Raby No.1 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Sydney University 6.

Second Grade: Sydney University 6(dec)-434 (Matthew Gregory 150, Matthew Morgan 100 not out, Michael Culkoff 63m Nick Larkin 44) d Campbelltown-Camden 190 (Troy Yabsley 79, Dale Breckenridge 29; Michael Culkoff 5-56, Stuart McLean 2-8) and 5-108 (Aaron Yabsley 29; Shashi Kesher 2-20, Stuart McLean 2-23) on first innings at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6.

Third Grade: Sydney University 229 (Jack Hill 90, Suda Sivapalin 47, Ben Joy 29; Luke Webb 3-40) drew with Campbelltown-Camden 0-5 at Raby No.2 Oval. Second day washed out. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Fourth Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-244 (Simon Cowan 57, Edward Arnott 47, Justin Younes 43, Charles McKeith 26 not out, Angus Glynne 22 not out; Murray Yabsley 2-10) drew with Campbelltown-Camden 5-80 (Ken Butcher 42, Matthew Potter 33; Ash Cowan 2-23) at St Paul’s College Oval. Match abandoned due to rain. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Fifth Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 205 (Todd O’Keefe 74, Simon Peddle 61, Craig McDermott 23; Cam Hawkins 3-32. Simon Cowell 2-33, Mark Jeffery 2-34) drew with Sydney University 0-26 at Raby No.3 Oval. Match abandoned due to rain. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden.

Sydney Grade Limited Overs competition – Round 1

First Grade: Sydney University 6-299 off 50 overs (Greg Mail 138, Ben Larkin 39 not out, Scott Henry 32, Mark Faraday 31; Sam Robert 3-49) d Mosman 178 off 38.2 overs (Michael Bryant 77, Jason Ryan 52; Mark Cameron 5-18, Stuart Clark 2-18) at Allan Border Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.